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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Book Review: The Vincent Brothers

Author: Abbi Glines
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: The Vincent Boys # 2

Hot romance is the cure for heartbreak in this sequel to The Vincent Boys. Getting a boy to fall head-over-heels in love with you isn’t easy. Especially when he’s been in love with your cousin for as long as you can remember.

Lana has lived her life in her cousin’s shadow. Ashton always made perfect grades, had tons of friends, and looks model-perfect. And she’s always had Sawyer Vincent—the only boy Lana’s ever wanted—wrapped around her finger. But now things are different. Lana has a chance to make Sawyer see her, and she’s taking it. If only he’d get over Ashton—because Lana is sick of second-best.

Sawyer’s heart is broken. He’s lost his best girl to his best friend. And then Lana comes to town. Ashton’s cousin has always been sweet and soft-spoken, but now she’s drop-dead gorgeous as well. Sawyer doesn’t know if Lana can heal his broken heart, but spending time with her might at least make Ashton jealous.

What starts as a carefree fling becomes a lusty game of seduction. Sawyer and Lana may have different motives, but their scintillating hookups are the same kind of steamy. . . .
 
“‘You think I’m a better choice than Beau? He’s the bad one, you know. The dangerous one. Girls like bad boys.’ His voice had dropped to a low rumble. I shivered as he took another step closer, his eyes never leaving their study of my lips. It had been a while since I’d reapplied lip gloss. I wondered if my lips were dry. Forcing myself to remain calm, I responded, ‘Not all girls.’” – Hardback Copy pg. 38

“She was jealous. She didn’t like me being interested in someone else. Ashton wanted both Vincent brothers enthralled with her. Well, this could turn out to be fun as hell.” – Hardback Copy pg. 64
 
“Ashton grinned and raised her eyebrows. ‘I can’t believe you’re telling me a Vincent boy – not me – brought you to Grove, Alabama.’” Shrugging, I returned her smile. ‘They’re hard to resist.’” – Hardback Copy pg. 68
 
“I watched as she jumped down out of my truck before I got out on my side. Lana McDaniel held everything close. I wondered if I’d ever really know what she was thinking.” – Hardback Copy pg. 131
 
“‘Well, look at the Vincent boys. Getting along. Both of you all snuggled up to girls, no one trying to beat up the other one. Looks like Sawyer has moved on, Ash.’” – Hardback Copy pg. 132
 
“‘Easy for you to say. You’ll be snuggled up safely in the arms of Beau Vincent. I’m more than positive he could take on a black bear.’ I muttered.” – Hardback Copy pg. 135

Sawyer was the Vincent boy worth fighting for. He’s the special one.” – Hardback Copy pg. 235
This review may contain some spoilers if you have not read the first book in this series!
 
After finishing the first book in this series only yesterday, I cracked right into this one and finished it sometime last night. Abbi Glines always offers fairly easy reads and these are the type of books that you look down one minute and you are on page 30 and the next you are on page 105. I loved Ash and Beau’s story so much that I just couldn’t resist finding out what happens to Sawyer next. The first chapter of the book picks up six months after the last book ended. Ash is happily dating Beau and Sawyer is having a harder time accepting it than he thought he would. Sawyer knows that he needs a distraction to keep his mind off Ash and Lana McDaniel hopes to be the perfect distraction for him.
 
Lana has harbored a crush on Sawyer Vincent since they were small children and she used to be tormented by Ash and Beau’s practical jokes. Sawyer was always the one to rescue her and never thought twice about it. Lana has always envied her cousin Ash because of her long-time relationship with Sawyer, but now that she has moved on Lana sees the perfect opportunity to move in. As much as I loved Sawyer in the first book I just couldn’t quite get into his and Lana’s story in this book. Lana was just not Ash. Lana was almost too safe and not as daring as Ashton was. I wanted more risk taking and more adventure out of Lana but it seemed to me that she just did everything that Sawyer asked of her, no questions asked. Lana was almost too predictable. I knew from the first page that she was head over heels for Sawyer and she would just let him walk all over her until she ended up in his arms.
 
Don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed this book. I love Abbi Glines and she will always remain at the top of my favorite author list, but this story didn’t quite reach the top like the first book in this series. There were several times in this book when the heat between the characters came rising off the page but nothing like Beau and Ash’s story. Beau just kept me guessing more I think, and Sawyer was, like Lana, more predictable. The entire time while reading the first book I was contemplating who Ashton would pick: Sawyer of Beau? I liked the fact that I was able to hold onto that question for awhile and not have it answered until the end. All my questions were answered right out of the gate in this book. It left no mystery and therefore took away from the suspense and hot, passionate love scenes.
 
I do have a favorite part to this book and that is the fact that Sawyer’s character did a major turn around. In the first book he was Mr. Perfect and was afraid to get his hands dirty. He had a reputation to uphold and in this book he stopped caring so much what other people thought. Sawyer started acting like a normal teenager and began to seek adventure, whereas before he was just content in his perfect little bubble. I still can’t decide which Vincent boy I would choose because Sawyer gave Beau a run for his money in this book. I really enjoyed the first book and this book was an enjoyable read as well, but it just didn’t make me want to come out of my seat like the first in the series.
 
***A huge thank you to the publishers at Simon Pulse for my collection of The Vincent Boys. This review is my honest opinion and is not biased by any means***





2 comments:

Rowena said...

Ooh, I'm looking forward to reading this series. Thanks so much for your review, it looks really good. The whole series looks good.

Aman said...

I had the complete opposite reaction after finishing this book. I really liked Lana, I thought that she stood up for herself, and didn't let Sawyer push her around. The ending stunt she did was my favorite. I like that we saw a different side of Sawyer, but I was more mad at him for being hung over Ashton, and giving up everything just for her. I still enjoyed it a lot.

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